Read: Exodus 17:1-16
When Moses’ hands grew tired, they took a stone and put it under him and he sat on it. Aaron and Hur held his hands up—one on one side, one on the other—so that his hands remained steady till sunset. So Joshua overcame the Amalekite army with the sword. Exod 17:12-13
So the battle with the Amalekites is on, and Joshua and his army are fighting while Moses goes to the top of the hill to observe and hold up the staff of God (as per God’s instructions). What they figured out quickly is that as long as Moses held the staff up the Israelites won. When he brought his arms down, the battle would turn against them.
So no brainier… Moses keep your arms in the air like you just don’t care. Win the battle and go home.
Here’s the problem… have you ever tried to keep your hands in the air, over your head, for a day? It’s impossible even for the strongest among us. Bottom line is… if they’re going to win this battle, Moses needs some help.
Thankfully Moses had a team around him. Aaron and Hur got a rock for him to sit on, and then came along side Moses to hold up his arms because he just couldn’t do it on his own.
The truth is, whatever challenge your facing or responsibility you’re holding, you probably can’t do it on your own either, and even if you can you weren’t meant to. We all need friends and teammates who will come along side us and “hold up our arms” so to speak.
So who is on your team? Who do you trust and who are you there for? We all have times when we need someone to hold us up, and we all have the privilege to be there for others.
If you don’t have some good Christian friends, it’s time to make some. For me, Grow Groups are the ticket. Getting together regularly with a group of friends to study God’s word, share what’s going on in life, pray for and encourage one another, and hold each other up is spiritual gold. And when the fit does hit the shan, I have a team around me to hold me up and help me through.
If you’re not in a group like that, get in one as soon as you can. It makes life rich and the journey good. Not to mention it’s what Jesus modeled for us.
Jesus, help me to find my team, and help me to be a support and to be supported. In Your name – Amen.